How to Avoid Swine Flu While Traveling

November 5, 2009

Kim and I are getting on a plane tomorrow to head to Los Angeles for the Opportunity Green conference and then onto Phoenix for GreenBuild 2010.  While I am really excited for both events which promise to be filled with environmental inspiration and hopefully a lot of great networking, I am concerned I’m going to catch the swine on one of the many flights we are taking in the next week.  I’m stocking up on Airborne and Purrell and don’t plan to even look at strangers on the plane.

Luckily, Kim’s mom Nancy is a nurse and gave us some very helpful recommendations for the trip to avoid catching ebola swine flu.  (My comments inline)

Avoid shaking hands with others at this time and make that excuse about the virus, especially at shows. Chew garlic so people won’t get close to you!!!  So nice to meet you, can we bump foreheads instead of shaking hands?  Swine flu!  Also – the garlic – am I trying to avoid Twilight cast members or the general public?

Bring masks to wear on plane, but be sure to tell attendants you are protecting you from them, not the reverse.  I’m sure we will receive a warm welcome on the plane wearing surgical masks.  Nothing suspicious here, just being cautious!

No drinks with olives or fruits, these are the most contaminated things in bars.  Does this include pina coladas?  I’m sure H1N1 can’t survive the blender.

When you check in hotel ask for a brand new pillow and a new blanket, don’t touch the comforter. But how will I get into bed?  Osmosis?

Bring Clorox wipes to wipe off phones and surfaces.  I’m bringing a fanny pack dispenser of them.

We leave tomorrow at noon.  Here’s to staying swine flu free!

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Clint Eastwood Legacy Chronicled by Longtime Collector

November 5, 2009

David Frangioni, musician, producer and entrepreneur adds author to his resume with the release of his first book: Clint Eastwood ICON: The Essential Film Art Collection.

San Rafael, CA – David Frangioni, musician and founder of Audio One, is proud to announce the release of his book Clint Eastwood ICON: The Essential Film Art Collection. For over 20 years David has been collecting Clint Eastwood memorabilia and has amassed a personal collection containing over 10,000 items. Using his collection as the platform, Frangioni and essay author Tom Schatz, chronicle the evolution of Clint Eastwood’s films throughout his exceptional career.

Clint Eastwood ICON: The Essential Film Art Collection presents an unprecedented collection of over 400 archival images that span his film work from the 1960’s to present. This comprehensive trove gathers together poster art, lobby cards, studio ads, and esoteric film memorabilia from around the world. From his early roles as the nameless gunslinger in Sergio Leone’s Spaghetti Westerns, to the vigilante films of the 1970s and 1980s, through his directorial roles and latest releases including Gran Torino, Clint Eastwood ICON captures the powerful presence and quiet intensity that turned Eastwood into the definitive American hero.

As to how this extraordinary book came to be, Frangioni says, “I’ve been a big fan of Clint’s films and a “collector” since childhood and, as such, have amassed an array of posters, photos and other memorabilia regarding his movies. My book is a retrospective tribute to Clint’s films through movie art that any of his fans will enjoy reading. ”

David’s love of film is both a personal and professional passion and is a part of his every day business as the founder of Audio One, an electronic systems integrator and custom home theater design firm based in N. Miami Beach, Florida. The company’s client list includes stars of sports, music, and film, as well as many of Florida’s most successful businesspeople and has afforded Frangioni both interest and access to unique and historical film posters. Essays included in the book are written by Tom Schatz, current Executive Director of the University of Texas Film Institute. He is the author of four books about Hollywood films and filmmaking, including Hollywood Genres: Formulas, Filmmaking, and the Studio System; The Genius of the System: Hollywood Filmmaking in the Studio Era; and Boom and Bust: American Cinema in the 1940s. Schatz lectures widely on American film and television in the U.S. and abroad and he has delivered talks and conducted seminars for the Motion Picture Academy, the Directors Guild of America, the American Film Institute and the Los Angeles Film School.

Published by Insight Editions, the book can be purchased online at for $39.95 (ISBN: 978-1-933784-96-0) as well as on One of the most important roles of Clint Eastwood is that of an activist. To help further his efforts, a portion of the proceeds from sales of this title will be contributed as a charitable donation to the Action Council of Monterey County/Clint Eastwood Fund promoting literacy in California. For more information about Audio One, visit


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